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A video installation with four films about street vendors, everyday design and spontaneous architecture in four cities on four different continents.

Street vendors: MedellĂ­n, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta

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Still uit de film 'Calle' in MedellĂ­n, 2018
Su Tomesen

Street vendors are resourceful in their claim of sidewalks and, while improvising, manage to generate their income. Tomesen portrays them while revealing the beauty of unintentional compositions, colors, forms, repetitive qualities. By this, the films remind of installation art and performances.

'Street vendors' is a video installation with four films about street vendors in four cities on four continents. We watch the sellers as they're being observed by Su Tomesen in their daily trials and tribulations. The entrepreneurs prove to be resourceful in their claim of the sidewalks and, while improvising, they manage to generate their income. Tomesen reveals the beauty of unintentional compositions, colors, forms and repetitive qualities. The day elapses and enfolds, without any voice-over, dialogue or explanation. The rhythm of the films follows the rhythm of a day. The repetition found in situations and activities that occur every single day, regardless of the weather are like a scripted reality.
The films about the wondrous world of the urban micro economy and resourcefulness in the public domain in MedellĂ­n, Tirana. Johannesburg and Yogyakarta can be presented as a four-channel installation with one 5.1 soundtrack, or separately as a single screen work. Each film lasts half an hour and all start at beginning of the day and end at approximately the same time.
The project has been supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Tijl Fonds, Filmfonds, Stokroos.

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Su Tomesen

The work of Su Tomesen consists of videos, photographs and installations focusing on ingenuity in public space. After getting an MA in Fine Art at the Sandberg Institute in 2007 she’s been artist-in-residence in Amman, Belgrade, Johannesburg, Medellín and Tirana. She also worked for the international video project City One Minutes in Port-au-Prince, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Su Tomesen is based in Amsterdam and Yogyakarta. Since 2017 her work is structurally supported by Mondriaan Fund.